CHARLOTTE -- Coastal Carolina women's track and field athlete Felicitas Mensing and men's basketball player Jack Leasure have been voted the 2007-08 Big South Conference Female and Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, respectively. The Scholar-Athlete of the Year is voted on by the Big South Sports Information Directors from a pool of each sport's Scholar-Athlete winners.
Mensing, a native of Neuhausen, Germany, is the first Coastal Carolina female athlete to win the award since Kara Koppel in 2003, and is the school's ninth female winner in the award's history.
Leasure, a native of Rochester, N.Y., is just the second men's basketball player to receive the award in league history, joining Radford's Corey Reed in 1998. Leasure is the second consecutive Coastal Carolina male athlete to receive the honor and fifth overall.
Mensing finished with 33 points in the voting, ahead of Winthrop softball player Lisa Kingsmore (27 points). Winthrop volleyball player Pohai Nu'uhiwa finished fifth in the voting with 13 points and was followed by Eagle tennis player Patricia Coimbra with 10.
On the men's side, Leasure finished first in the voting with 39 points, followed by High Point track athlete Tamas Kovacs (23 points). Winthrop golfer Pete Alminas and tennis player Arthur Takahaski picked up one point each.
• LOCAL BASEBALL --The Carolina Bonecrushers won two games and were leading a third before it was postponed due to rain at the Dreams Park tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Carolina beat Oregan Park (Ga.) 11-8 behind a home run from Christian Cok and RBIs from Drew Patrick and Will Carter. The Bonecrushers were on top of Wasco (Ill.) 3-0 in the third inning when rain halted the game. Darius Means and Josh Willaby will have a chance to add to their solo homers when the game resumes on Wednesday.
Carolina whipped St. Paul (Minn.) 8-0 after Carter threw a no-hitter and homered, helped by another long ball from Means. The Bonecrushers were scheduled to play again on Monday afternoon.
• WOMEN'S SOCCER -- Two South Carolina women's soccer players will go after a national championship next week.
Brooke Jacobs and Brittiny Rhoades, each freshmen last year for the Gamecocks, are both are part of a club team that has reached the semifinal round of the US Youth Soccer National Championship in the Girls Under-19 bracket.
Jacobs and Rhoades play for the FC Pennsylvania Strikers. Jacobs is a forward from Chambersburg, Pa., while Rhoades plays defense and midfield and is from Wilmington, Del.
South Carolina opens the soccer season with a game at UNC Wilmington on Aug. 23.
• PRO BASKETBALL -- Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy made more than 100 phone calls to a fellow official at the same time he was providing information to gamblers during the 2006-07 season, Fox News reported Monday.
Citing court documents and phone records it obtained, Fox reported Donaghy placed 134 calls to referee Scott Foster between October 2006 and April 2007, the period during which he has confessed to betting on games or passing on game information to gamblers.
It's not known what information was exchanged during the calls between Foster and Donaghy, who is awaiting sentencing later this month in federal court.
The 41-year-old Donaghy pleaded guilty last year to felony charges of taking cash payoffs from gamblers in the 2006-07 season.